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Andy Gray exclusive: Manchester City, Liverpool and Swansea to bring up a 7/2 treble

by Sean Goff | February 8, 2013

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Expert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray  joins The Paddy Power Blog to give his insight on the weekend’s Premier League games.

And he’s picked a 7/2 treble of Manchester City, Liverpool and Swansea to bash the bookies with.  [Tweet this tip]

Andy’s also advised punters to look at Paddy Power offer of 25/1 that the Premier League’s top scorers of Van Persie, Suarez, Demba Ba, Michu and Gareth Bale [Tweet this tip]– who have scored 72 goals between them this season – all hit the net this weekend.


Tottenham v Newcastle, Live Sky Sports 2, Saturday 12.45pm

I think we’ll get a really good game of football to start the weekend. Newcastle come into this contest after back-to-back wins and they’ll be a lot more confident than they were three weeks ago when the club was in free fall. But Spurs have the opportunity to go ahead of Chelsea in third place and really signal their Champions League intent. Jermain Defoe is missing and there was talk of Gareth Bale – who’s got 11 Premier League goals this season – playing further up front with Clint Dempsey.  Spurs have options – they’re unbeaten in nine – but I fancy them to win.  Although I think both teams will score at 8/13.

Sunderland v Arsenal, Live Setanta, Saturday, 3pm

Sunderland are unbeaten in three of their last four games against the Gunners but Arsenal dug out a result against Stoke and will need to do the same against the Black Cats. You can’t rely on Sunderland though even if they are starting to turn the corner.  I fancy Arsenal to take all three points as they can’t afford to lose anymore games if they want to claim a Champions League place.

Southampton v Manchester City, Live ESPN, Saturday, 5.30pm

Manchester City will be playing pressure football from now on as they trail Man United by nine points. Roberto Mancini’s side have 13 games left and really they need to take 35 or 36 points out of a possible 39 if they are going to regain their title as I don’t see United dropping too many points on the run-in.

I think City will be too strong for the Saints even though they’ve put up some solid performances at home – but they do concede soft goals at times. They may score against City but I think the visitors will have too much firepower.

Aston Villa v West Ham, Live Sky Sports 1, Sunday 1.30pm

The Villains haven’t won in eight Premier League games and badly need three points here. They’re only three points off Southampton so they don’t want to fall any further behind. Losing to Newcastle was a real blow and were unfortunate to give away two late goals to draw 3-3 away at Everton. They’re vulnerable from set pieces and crosses and Andy Carroll will cause them problems. It will be tight but Villa are nervous at home. A draw for me at 9/4 with both teams to score at 4/6.

Manchester United v Everton, Live Sky Sports 1, Sunday 4pm

The last time Everton won at Old Trafford was in the 1992/93 season. They drew 4-4 last season when 4-2 down so that will give the Toffees a bit of confidence. I think there will be goals in an open-looking game. There could be four or five goals in this but I expect United to just do enough to win it.

Everton have drawn about 12 games this season and United are kings of the comeback and if former Everton old boy Wayne Rooney scores  last, Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast singles on the match. 

Liverpool v West Brom, Sky Sports 1, Monday 8pm

Liverpool haven’t won in three in the league but the Baggies have lost four out of five. The Reds are beginning to play with more confidence and their squad is getting stronger. They were fantastic against Manchester City and Steven Gerrard has played every league game this season and is playing brilliantly.  Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge give them good options up front and also gives them the chance to change their shape in midfield if the game demands it.

Brendan Rodgers must feel very happy that this partnership has gelled and it could be worth taking a punt on both to score in this game.


Chelsea v Wigan, Saturday 3pm

A Chelsea win for me but nothing like the 8-0 win the Blues recorded a few seasons ago.

Norwich v Fulham, Saturday, 3pm

The Canaries haven’t won in their last eight league games while Martin Jol’s side have only won two on the road all season. The only way I can separate them is because Chris Hughton’s side have home advantage so I’ll take them to get the three points.

Stoke v Reading, Saturday, 3pm

Stoke will win this for me. Reading are poor on the road – played 12 – won one, lost nine and drawn two – even though they have improved recently.

Swansea v QPR, Saturday, 3pm

Swansea have had a couple of big games recently and they sir eight in the league. I think they’ll be too good for Harry Redknapp’s side.

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